Never been an issue, does it get hot, yeah, but no hotter than the vinyl sitting in the sun. On the 25, you have a walk through, never really standing on the gunwale anyway. I have the BTS, so my arm is always sitting on the black. (Arm hanging out of the window
) Never an issue.
Fiberglass platform all the way for me, the new ones are really nice, sits right on the water, the gray pad is nice, no maintenance.